Gap to Feed, 2017
Long-term installation at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin
made with mussel shells collected from the Menai Strait, North Wales
Made possible with the support of L40 Verein zer Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V. and the STEDI-Stiftung.
In collaboration with Benjamin Walther
and with thanks to Menai Oysters & Mussels
“Mytilus edulis (common or blue mussels) are intertidal molluscs, attached to rocks and other hard substrates by strong thread-like structures, and are adapted to live both underwater and outside in the open air. As well as being subject to intensive commercial use they are important filter feeders, playing a vital role in estuaries by removing bacteria and toxins. As one of the public artistic interventions regularly commissioned by the Kunstverein on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (L40), Awst & Walther have completely covered a false facade – constructed to disguise a gap between two buildings – with mussel shells.”